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Atlantic City Awaits Titanic Exhibition

18 April 1999

The boat was sinkable, but the revenue opportunities will live forever. Movie and history buffs will be able to behold an exhibition of authentic Titanic articfacts this summer at Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City.

RMS Titanic, Inc. will present "Titanic: The Experience," the world's largest exhibition of authentic Titanic Artifacts, from May 29 to September 7. It's the only exhibition in the U.S. scheduled for this summer to feature artifacts recovered from the depths of Titanic's wreck site, 2 1/2 miles below the surface of the North Atlantic.

"Nothing of this magnitude has ever come to Atlantic City, " said Dennis Gomes, president of Tropicana's resort operations. "We are pleased to host this one-of-a-kind cultural, historical and educational experience at the Tropicana. Visitors to 'Titanic: The Exhibition' will be able to walk through a historic 'moment in time,' seeing these emotionally powerful and thought-provoking artifacts recovered from the world's most famous ship, while appreciating the science and technology which have allowed the recovery and preservation of the Titanic's artifacts."

Throughout the exhibition, Titanic's artifacts will be intertwined with full sensory displays that place the relics in a context to convey the experience of those aboard Titanic. A featured element of the exhibition will be the "Big Piece"--a 20-ton, 26-by-20-foot section of Titanic's outer hull--that was recovered from the debris field surrounding Titanic's wreck during RMS Titanic, Inc.'s 1998 expedition to the ship last August.

Visitors will be able to relive the ship's construction, preparation for sailing, launching and final farewells, while experiencing the human stories behind the artifacts recovered. At the center of the exhibition, they'll be able to view the ship as if they were part of an expedition team as they examine a 30 foot-long model of the wreck. The exhibition also includes an 18 foot model of ship as it set sail, and a display of the state-of-the-art technology and deep-sea equipment used in the recovery of the artifacts.

The exhibition will also include the bronze cherub from the ship's grand staircase, the ship's main whistles, a porthole with glass intact possibly from ship's first-class dining room, its navigational bridge telegraph used to communicate its peed from officers to the engine room, a 1,000 pound davit from which a life boat from the ship was lowered, a gilt chandelier, an unknown passenger's suit of clothes, eyeglasses in their case, a corked champagne bottle, an unopened bottle of olives, sheet music with its stand, a ship's purser's valise, a steward's jacket, silver dinnerware, fine china, gold coins, jewelry, and delicate paper objects such as a stock certificate and personal letters.

More than 4 million people have attended exhibitions of the company's Titanic artifacts throughout the world in venues such as St. Paul, Minnesota; Zurich, Switzerland; Tokyo and other cities in Japan; Boston, Massachusetts; Hamburg, Germany; St. Petersburg, Florida; Memphis, Tennessee and at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. More information about RMS Titanic, Inc. is available at its web site at

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